FoxTale Book Shoppe is hosting a free event on Saturday, September 14th at 5pm called a “Conversation with Mountain Women,” but it’s so much more than that. Drawing on the wit and wisdom of characters they have created, Ann Hite, author of The Storycatcher, and Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Mother of Rain, will do what they do best: tell stories. Need a salve to heal an ache? Know a ghost – or a Melungeon – you’d like to be shed of? Got a secret you’re trying to keep? Or a family tradition you’re itching to share? Then don’t miss this opportunity for swapping stories infused with mountain lore.
FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said, "We we will have another mountain woman with us too, our very own Dolly Pardon! We might even get Ms. Pardon to sing a bit for us. You will not want to miss these wonderful authors and Dolly!"
The Storycatcher: Shelly Parker never much liked Faith Dobbins, the uppity way that girl bossed her around. But they had more in common than she knew. Shelly tried to ignore the haints that warned her Faith’s tyrannical father, Pastor Dobbins, was a devil in disguise. But when Faith started acting strange, Shelly couldn’t avoid the past—not anymore.
Mother of Rain: "Maizee Hurd was an easy target for hard times," according to Burdy Luttrell, the town healer. Burdy is a Melungeon woman with striking features and mysterious ways who owns the land the Hurds leased following their marriage on June 3, 1940. Maizee moved upriver at the age of ten after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband. Shortly after Maizee's arrival in the rural mountain community of Christian Bend--carrying only a small suitcase, her mama's Bible, and her doll Hitty--the young girl began hearing voices. It was the tender love of her husband Zeb and their shared passion for the Appalachian hills and rivers of East Tennessee that helped quiet the voices. But, as Zeb prepares for deployment, Maizee's life is rocked by the ripples of World War II. Despite the love that carried her through the birth of their son, Rain, and the boy's subsequent illness that rendered him deaf, Maizee can't silence the demons in her own head.
FoxTale Book Shoppe is located at 105 East Main Street, Woodstock, in the same center as Vingenzo's and across from the Woodstock City Park gazebo. Phone: 770-516-9989